Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Award Winning Inuit Artist Annie Pootoogook Found Dead in Ottawa

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Award Winning Inuit Artist Annie Pootoogook Found Dead in Ottawa

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Acclaimed Inuit artist found dead in Ottawa

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OTTAWA - An award winning Inuit artist has been identified as the woman who was found dead earlier this week in the Rideau River in Ottawa.

Police say the body of Annie Pootoogook, 46, of Ottawa was discovered on Monday, but don't suspect foul play.

Jason St-Laurent of Ottawa's SAW Gallery, where some of Pootoogook's works are on exhibition, said it has been confirmed that her body was found in the river.

Pootoogook won the 2006 Sobey Art Foundation Award, an annual prize given for contemporary Canadian art, for her pen and coloured pencil drawings representing facets of Inuit life.

The prize is given to an artist who has exhibited a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

Pootoogook was born in Cape Dorset, on Dorset Island, near the southwestern tip of Baffin Island and came from a family of artists. …

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